Jacob Molacek Hits 22.80 50 Free In First Race Since March 2020

2021 MW FAST and SO Spring Spark

  • May 28-31, 2021
  • Dillon Family Aquatics Center, Fremont, NE
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2021 MW FAST and SO Spring Spark”

Former NCAA champion Jacob Molacek was back in action over the weekend competing in Fremont, Nebraska, registering his first official race since the pandemic hit last March.

Now 25, Molacek clocked a time of 22.80 in the 50 freestyle, the only event he contested, which falls less than three tenths shy of his personal best (22.52) set in July of 2019.

While that swim narrowly misses the Olympic Trials Wave II cut of 22.71, Molacek is qualified to race at the meet by virtue of his 2019 swims of 22.52 in the 50 free and 48.86 in the 100 free, if he opts in.

Molacek is an Omaha native, so it seems likely he’s setting himself up to compete at the Trials, which are now less than two weeks away.

After swimming his first two collegiate seasons at Auburn, Molacek had a very impressive final two years with NC State, including winning a pair of national titles in record-setting fashion on the men’s 400 and 800 free relays in his junior year (2017-18). As a senior, Molacek was a member of all three Wolfpack free relays that finished in the runner-up position.


  • 15-year-old Kalvin Hahn swam to times of 1:06.15 and 2:25.16 in the men’s 100 and 200 breaststroke, with the 100 falling just .06 off his personal best set in April. Hahn, like Molacek, was representing the Greater Omaha Aquatics (GOAL).
  • Another GOAL swimmer, John Watson, posted a time of 2:23.80 in the men’s 200 breast, leaving the 16-year-old .13 shy of his PB set in March.
  • 15-year-old Lucia Krings from the Aquatic Club of Elkhorn posted a strong 26.99 in the women’s 50 free, 12 one hundredths off her PB of 26.87 set at the beginning of May. Krings also swam 1:00.33 in the 100 free, just over half a second off her best of 59.79.

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1 year ago

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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